Happy Birthday Rahul Dravid: ‘The Wall’ that withered all adversities

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Jan 11, 2017, 3:47 pm IST
Updated Jul 24, 2017, 10:52 am IST
145 vs Sri Lanka: On a day when Sachin Tendulkar was not available to open the innings as his father had passed away, Dravid combined with Sourav Ganguly, to post a massive 318-run stand, and help India cruise past Sri Lanka in the match. (Photo: AFP)
 145 vs Sri Lanka: On a day when Sachin Tendulkar was not available to open the innings as his father had passed away, Dravid combined with Sourav Ganguly, to post a massive 318-run stand, and help India cruise past Sri Lanka in the match. (Photo: AFP)
Rahul Dravid announced himself on the international stage with a well-played 95 at Lords’ in 1996, and never looked back from there. (Photo: DC/ Debasish Dey)
145 vs Sri Lanka: On a day when Sachin Tendulkar was not available to open the innings as his father had passed away, Dravid combined with Sourav Ganguly, to post a massive 318-run stand, and help India cruise past Sri Lanka in the match. (Photo: AFP)
180 vs Australia: This was probably one of the most memorable innings by Dravid. India looked in great trouble after being asked to follow-on by Australia. However, Dravid combined with VVS Laxman in the second innings, to post a massive total of 657 in the second innings – something that helped India complete a remarkable comeback against the Aussies. (Photo: AFP)
233 vs Australia: The Dravid-Laxman combination proved to be a nightmare for the Aussies, as they helped India record their first win on Australian soil in 22 years. (Photo: AFP)
99 vs Pakistan: The disappointment is clear to see on Dravid’s face, as Shoaib Akhtar dismisses him on 99. Dravid’s contribution helped India post a big total yet again, as they edged out Pakistan by just five runs in the end. (Photo: AFP)
270 vs Pakistan: Another huge innings by ‘the Wall’. His classy innings helped India inflict an innings defeat over their arch-rivals. (Photo: AFP)
Mr Dependable, even from the sidelines: Dravid was known as ‘Mr Dependable’ during his playing days. However, the legendary batsman has continued to help Indian cricket even after hanging-up his boots. He guided the India u-19 team to the runners-up position in the junior World Cup, last year. (Photo: PTI)